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Winter Skincare Hacks to Beat the Cold

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Nobody wants to wake up on Christmas morning with dry, flaky skin, so make sure you’re hot on your Winter skincare during the lead up to Christmas celebrations. Even an ice queen needs a treatment or two to keep her skin in check during the Winter months, so when dry skin makes an unwelcome appearance, use these simple DIY skincare hacks to help tackle it and beat the cold.

Curse of the chapped lips

Winter SkincareLips are often the first target of the cold and the most reliable tell-tale sign of dehydrated, unhappy skin. An effective, nourishing lip scrub on the beauty market can make take an unwanted toll on your bank account, especially around Christmas time. Stop scraping your pennies together, ladies, because we have a recipe that is on par with your high-end lip scrubs, and not to mention it is 100% vegan! A staple this holiday season is a peppermint lip scrub- the perfect, festive scent to have just in time for Christmas.

Ingredients:
2 Tbsp ground coffee
1/4 Tbsp coconut oil
1-2 drops peppermint essential oil

Measure two tablespoons of used coffee grounds in a small bowl. Add the coconut oil and using a spoon, mash the oil and coffee grounds together to form a paste. Add 1-2 drops of peppermint oil and mix well. Place it into a pot you have lying around, and you will have smooth, plump lips all throughout the Winter season.

Body care

Although the main focus of your Winter skincare regime is typically caring for your face, your body care should be drawing in first place. An essential body care item in the colder months is oil, as simple as it may seem. Using oil during the Winter months is not only beneficial in giving you hydrated, happy skin, but it is also the key to locking in your favourite perfume or body spray all day long. Simply spray the oil all over your body before spraying on your staple scent and it will not budge, leaving you free to carry out your Christmas shopping in the hustle and bustle B.O. free!

DIY Mocha Face Mask

Winter SkincareCredit for this delicious recipe goes to Loepsie, and after trialling and testing it out, we couldn’t wait to share it with you! This recipe is incredibly simple and consists of everyday ingredients that you will have lying around in the back of the food cupboard. It is bursting full of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, so it acts as a mild exfoliator while also being super hydrating!

Ingredients:
⦁ Oats
⦁ Ground coffee
⦁ Cacao powder
⦁ Soy milk

Simply combine the ingredients together before applying evenly to your skin and allowing it to work it’s magic for 10 minutes. This mocha face mask also works as a great homemade Christmas present to a loved one, whether it’s your partner, friend or parent, as it is virtually impossible to dislike the scent of mocha.

These simple skincare hacks are the key to having plump, bright skin throughout all of Winter. Which of these Winter skincare hacks was your favourite?

Alexandra Soame The Energy DJ

Cruelty-free and vegan beauty tips

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Alexandra Soame The Energy DJWith the huge push in today’s society towards transitioning to a cruelty-free and vegan diet, the next obvious step is to consider what products you should purchasing and using.

Our founder Alexandra Soame has transitioned to a vegan lifestyle a year and a half ago and is championing our companies transition by ensuring all new sponsors and products purchased are vegan and cruelty-free.

Check out Alexandras instagram The Energy DJ for hints and tips for a plant-based diet and her facebook group Vegan Curious for more help regarding this subject. It can, however, be tricky to figure out which products contain animal ingredients or have been tested on animals at some stage in the production process.

cruelty-free and veganChoosing Vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics is not only beneficial for the animals and the environment, its also better for your health as these products use plant and mineral based ingredients which have natural properties and they are also preservative and pesticide free.

What does cruelty free and vegan mean?

A product can be vegan without being cruelty-free and vice-versa, the definition of a vegan product is a product that doesn’t contain any animal by-products. A good example is that a vegan lipstick should never contain beeswax as this is derived directly from bees. To most people, the term vegan should also imply that the product isn’t tested on animals however this isn’t regulated so be careful. A product can be tested on animals and still legally claim to be vegan.

cruelty-free make up

A product that is labelled cruelty-free should have been produced without any form of animal testing in the creation and the production process or use ingredients that have been tested on animals by third parties. To be sure keep an eye out for these official logos – ‘the leaping bunny’ ‘PETAS cruelty-free logo’ and choose cruelty-free logo.

What to look out for…

Avoid these animal by-products that are often found in cosmetics:

  • Collagen – often used in anti-aging products due to its plumping and firming effects. In order to get the protein it is normally taken from dead animals bones, connective tissue, and skin…definitely not vegan!
  • Beeswax – this is taken directly from the beehive and can be used in eye shadow, foundation or lipstick
  • Carmine – this deep red colour is taken from crushed insect body and legs
  • Keratin- used to give you luscious hair this is a protein that Is naturally found in mammals, it is generally taken from hair, nails, and horns
  • Guanine – This gives extra shine and sparkle to your blusher, eyeshadow and nail polish, it is created by scraping fish scales off dead fish and soaking them in alcohol to create an iridescent solution
  • Lanolin -used in lip balms and lotions, it is created from the grease in sheeps hair
  • Squalane – Used in various moisturisers and cosmetics this ingredient is made from the oils found in the liver of sharks

We will be running more features in the future on our attempts to improve the ecological aspects of our businesses and some exciting developments coming soon regarding our new health and wellbeing brand!